Nina Dumbadze

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Nina Dumbadze
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Nino Dumbadze in 1937
Personal information
Born 23 May 1919[note 1]
Died 14 April 1983(1983-04-14) (aged 63)
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus throw, shot put
Club Dynamo Tbilisi
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) DT – 57.04 m (1952)
SP – 12.76 m (1948)[1][2]

Nino Yakovlevna Dumbadze (Georgian: ნინო დუმბაძე; 23 May 1919 – 14 April 1983)[1][3][note 1] was a discus thrower who represented the Soviet Union. She won the European title in 1946 and 1950, and a bronze medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.[1]

Dumbadze was born in Odessa to a Georgian father. She later moved to Tbilisi, Georgia, where she started training in athletics in 1937. Two years later at the Soviet championships she threw 49.11 m and broke the Gisela Mauermayer's world record of 48.31 m. This result was neglected internationally as the Soviet Union was not a member of IAAF yet. Dumbadze kept breaking world records during World War II, and a week after the 1946 European Championships threw 50.50 m in Sarpsborg, Norway. Only in August 1948, when she threw 53.25 m in Moscow, her record was accepted by the IAAF. She set two more ratified world records: in May 1951 in Gori (53.37 m), and in October 1952 in Tbilisi (57.04 m). By that time she had a strong competition from teammates Nina Romashkova and Yelizaveta Bagryantseva, and hence placed third at the 1952 Olympics. Earlier she won eight Soviet titles, in 1939, 1943–44 and 1946–50.[1]

After retiring from competitions Dumbadze worked as an athletics coach together with her husband Boris Dyachkov, who trained the Georgian athletics team for almost five decades. Their son Yuri Dyachkov became an Olympic decathlete.[1]


  1. ^ a b Some sources give her date of birth as 23 January 1919.[2][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Nino Dumbadze". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Nino Dumbadze". Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Думбадзе Нина Яковлевна (in Russian). Great Soviet Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Nina Dumbadze profile at Tilastopaja

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Preceded by
Gisela Mauermayer
Nina Romashkova
Women's discus throw world record holder
8 August 1948 – 9 August 1952
18 October 1952 – 12 September 1960
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Nina Romashkova
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